AAP fac­tions brace for con­gre­ga­tion at Bargari to­day

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - Prab­hjit Singh

BATHINDA: To take on the rul­ing Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the two fac­tions of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are all set to make their pres­ence felt at Sun­day’s con­gre­ga­tion in Bargari to mark the third an­niver­sary of the death of two Sikh men in the Behbal Kalan po­lice fir­ing in 2015.

State AAP leg­is­la­tors had par­tic­i­pated in the Oc­to­ber 7 march from Kotka­pura to Bargari in a show of strength wherein Sikh re­li­gious lead­ers Dhian Singh Mand and Baljit Singh Daduwal had de­manded the ar­rest of the cul­prits of sac­ri­lege in­ci­dents and the Behbal Kalan fir­ing.

“We will go to Bargari to pay obei­sance to Guru Granth Sahib on the oc­ca­sion of the third death an­niver­sary of two Sikh youths killed at Behbal Kalan,” leader of op­po­si­tion Harpal Singh Cheema said on phone.

The rebel fac­tion is led by Bho­lath MLA Sukh­pal Khaira who had given the Congress govern­ment 15-day ul­ti­ma­tum to ar­rest the Badals in the po­lice fir­ing cases. Khaira said he along with other MLAS will at­tend the con­gre­ga­tion to pay tributes to the fir­ing vic­tims.

‘NOT AGAINST KHAIRA’S UL­TI­MA­TUM TO GOVT’

Daduwal on Satur­day cleared the air on Khaira’s ul­ti­ma­tum to the govern­ment. “That was his (Khaira’s) own call, which was en­dorsed by the ‘san­gat’ and we do not have any ob­jec­tion,” he said. Khaira was cau­tioned against any calls from the Bargari stage in fu­ture, he added.

PHOOLKA NOT TO AT­TEND GATH­ER­ING

AAP leader HS Phoolka, who re­signed as an MLA on Fri­day, said he will not be able to at­tend the Bargari con­gre­ga­tion as he is busy with the cases against Sa­j­jan Ku­mar, an ac­cused in the 1984 anti-sikh ri­ots, in the Supreme Court.

TWO MIN­IS­TERS TO MEET FIR­ING VIC­TIMS’ KIN

Cabi­net min­is­ters Tript Ra­jin­der Singh Ba­jwa and Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, will visit fam­i­lies of Behbal Kalan fir­ing vic­tims in Behbal Khurd and Sarawan vil­lages of Farid­kot.

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